Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness

A leading figure in contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has developed a singular realist-surrealist style in which he portrays the everyday alongside supernatural elements. His work suggests a distortion between fact and folklore, the subconscious and the exposed, and various disparities of power. He reveals stories often excluded in history in and out of Thailand: marginalized beings and those silenced and censored for personal and political reasons.


Curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong, this solo exhibition presents a collection of experimental short films and video installations by Weerasethakul, alongside his photography, sketches, and archival material that explore threads of socio-political commentary and provide insight to his perspectives. Weerasethakul’s passionate positions regarding class, labor, sexuality, science and spirituality have informed his practice from early in his career to the present.


Apichatpong Weerasethakul: The Serenity of Madness is a traveling exhibition curated by Gridthiya Gaweewong and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. ICI produces exhibitions, events, publications, research and training opportunities for curators and diverse audiences around the world. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum, Chiang Mai, the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI’s International Forum.


  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul

        Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in 1970, Bangkok but grew up in the northeastern Thai city of Kohn Kaen. He studied architecture there before graduation in film from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1997, and currently lives and works in Chiang Mai. With Gridthiya Gaw...
  • Gridthiya Gaweewong

        Gridthiya Gaweewong founded art organization Project 304 in 1996, and is currently Artistic Director of the Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok. She has curated diverse exhibition and events including Under Construction at Tokyo Opera City Gallery and Japan Foundation, Tokyo (2000-02), ...